Who To Follow At Ascot On Saturday - 23/01/21

Horse To Follow - Windsor Avenue

The Brian Ellison trained Windsor Avenue is weighted to be a big player in this handicap event, showing clear ability over fences during his career and after some decent runs this term he can now finally get his head in front.

The nine year old gelding was a smart novice last season winning two nice events and although fading out towards the end of the season still retains his potential.

This term the son of Winged Love has been seen three times, finishing a superb second on seasonal debut behind Imperial Aura in a Listed event at Carlisle.

He was then aimed at the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham's December meeting where he never gave his true showing and was pulled up.

He bounced back to better form last time out when third over three miles at Wetherby in a Grade Three event and having been dropped 1lb for that run he looks a live contender in this event.

He is dropping in trip to 2m5f which will suit better than the three miles he ran over last time out and also dropping into a lesser race off a reduced mark can only be a positive.At 10/1 the gelding is a live each way player.

Trainer To Follow - Paul Nicholls

Pau Nicholls is one of the most inform trainers in jumps racing at the moment and it looks as though he is going to have another stellar Saturday at Haydock with some strong runners.

The Ditcheat handler holds the leading card in the feature Grade One Clarence House Chase with Politologue looking to land three Grade One races on the bounce.

Other horses for the handler on the day worth some interest include Danny Kirwan in the Grade Three Handicap Hurdle and Jeremy Pass in the lucky last, looking to make it back to back wins.

As we said, Nicholls has been in flying form over the last two weeks currently running at a strike rate of 35.48% having had 11 winners from just 31 runners.

Jockey To Follow - Daryl Jacob

Daryl Jacob is somewhat a veteran in the weighing room now having had a stellar career that is nowhere near being finished and on Saturday he has some nice rides for his retained owners.

The big ones that stand out across the card looks to be the favourite for the bet365 handicap chase with Good Boy Bobby and in the lucky last he sits on Valleres, who looks a promising staying hurdler in the making.

Jacob has been in flying form over the last fortnight currently running at a strike rate of 34.78% having had eight winners from just 23 rides, which is phenomenal.